The Bharatiya Janata Party has gone all out to win the politically and ideologically vital state of Bengal and in the method unseat two-term chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress. It’s a status battle that the BJP desires to win at any value, say analysts, and that has been evident in the no-holds-barred campaigning for the meeting polls with the ultimate spherical of voting on Thursday and relying on May 2. The saffron occasion and its associates have reached out to numerous marginalised sections together with Dalit teams, Matuas, Rajbongshis, tea backyard employees, tribals and as many various caste and cultural identities as doable. This has been made doable to a big extent by a string of BJP leaders, principally from underprivileged communities themselves, who’ve particularly targeted on pursuing these teams.
Jyotirmay Singh Mahato
Jyotirmay Singh Mahato is a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Purulia district in West Bengal. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated Trinamool Congress MP Mriganko Mahato by over 2 lakh votes. He can be one of many common secretaries of the West Bengal unit of the BJP since June 2020 and is a well known face in the Dalit group of Bengal.
His contribution in consolidating Dalit voters in favour of BJP in the Jangalmahal area was broadly appreciated by the occasion central management, sources say. It is believed that he’s the person who formed a wave in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in that area, which helped the BJP to win 18 of the 42 seats on provide in Bengal in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Mahato joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which is the coed wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in 2000, and was an energetic scholar chief until 2010. He later turned a Youth BJP member and in 2016 fought the meeting polls, standing third. In 2019, as a BJP common secretary, he contested the Lok Sabha polls and gained.
Mahato is a legislation graduate from Rourkela Law College (Sambalpur University) in Odisha. On September 13, 2019, he was appointed a member of the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, legislation and justice. He can be a member of the committee on subordinate laws and a consultative committee member of the ministry of youth affairs and sports activities.
Those who know him say the 35-year-old, who’s a bachelor, is an avid reader and loves soccer.
On being requested as soon as when he was planning to get married, Mahato laughed and stated, “Desh seva (serving the country) is my priority.”
Khagen Murmu is a BJP MP from Malda North in West Bengal. He served for 4 phrases as an MLA from the Habibpur constituency in Malda as a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from 2006 to 2019.
Murmu is a Santhali chief, a dominant tribal group in Bengal’s politics.
In 2019, he joined the BJP and subsequently was elected to the Lok Sabha.
He accomplished his commencement in Bachelor of Arts from Magadh University in Bihar. In 1993, he turned a member of the Malda Zilla Parishad and held the place until 1998.
In 1998, he turned the vp of the Malda Zilla Parishad.
As a Lok Sabha lawmaker, the 61-year-old is a member of the standing committee on meals, shopper affairs and public distribution and likewise a member, consultative committee, ministry of Jal Shakti.
Murmu married Manju Kisku in 1985. The couple have three sons and a daughter.
Arun Haldar has been a nationwide secretary of the BJP’s National Scheduled Caste Morcha. Insiders say that for the previous 34 years, the veteran has extensively labored for the BJP to strengthen its base in Dalit-dominated areas of North 24 Parganas, Nadia district and full North Bengal. He was additionally a nationwide government member of the BJP.
Haldar’s contribution in direction of the occasion in consolidating Dalit votes in Bengal is important, say analysts. He joined the BJP in 1987 when Tapan Sikdar was the state unit president.
Prior to the BJP, Haldar was a frontrunner of the Left-wing Students’ Federation of India, however he determined to hitch the RSS after being impressed by Sangh chief Dr Shiv Prasad Roy. He used to run two shakhas at Haroa in the North 24 Parganas district.
In 2009, he contested for the submit of councillor in the Barasat municipal election however was defeated. In 2011, he contested the meeting polls from the Bongaon South seat however misplaced to the TMC.
From 2013 to 2019, he was the state president of the BJP SC Morcha and mobilised Dalit youths in favour of the occasion. His arduous work yielded outcomes in the 2019 parliamentary elections because the BJP made deep inroads into the Dalit group.
Considering his immense contributions in the occasion, he was appointed deputy chairman of the National SC Commission in February 2021.
Shantanu Thakur is an influential Matua ‘dharma guru’ and BJP Lok Sabha MP from the Bongaon seat since 2019. He is actively concerned in spreading the ideas and idealism of the Matua tradition throughout India over the previous 20 years as a frontrunner of the All India Matua Mahasangha.
Thakur is the son of former Bengal minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, who was in the TMC. He has a sophisticated diploma in hospitality administration from Victoria University in Sydney, Australia.
Since September 13, 2019, he has been a member of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce and member, consultative committee, ministry of rural growth and ministry of Panchayati Raj.
Thakur has helped the BJP create a robust platform in Matua-dominated areas of Bengal. Due to his arduous work, the occasion managed to win many of the seats with heavy Matua affect in the 2019 common elections.
BJP supporters say that for many years, political events just like the Congress, CPI(M) and TMC checked out Matuas just for electoral features until Narendra Modi’s ascent to energy, and since then he has labored in direction of fixing their pending citizenship concern.
Knowing the resentment among the many individuals over the matter, Thakur actively cultivated the citizenship concern to persuade the Matuas to help the BJP. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he defeated Trinamool Congress heavyweight Mamata Thakur from Bongaon in North 24 Parganas.
However, analysts say, this time the BJP has misplaced some floor as Matua leaders are expressing their resentment over delay in the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
He is without doubt one of the extra flamboyant and heavyweight politicians in Bengal.
Such was his charisma, supporters say, that when Bengal embraced ‘Poriborton’ (change) in 2011 underneath the management of Mamata Banerjee, he managed to win the Kotulpur meeting seat in Bankura as a Congress candidate.
At the time the TMC was in alliance with the Congress, however his immense recognition on the grassroots stage helped him safe the seat on his personal, say observers.
Even when he was prevented (resulting from a pending police case) from coming into Bankura by the Calcutta High Court, he managed to win the Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 by a margin of 78,047 votes with out holding any roadshow or addressing any political rally.
Khan formally joined the BJP in January 2019 after leaving Mamata’s group whereas again. Over the previous three years, Khan, who himself belongs to the SC group, has labored extensively to mobilise Dalits in favour of the BJP.
Though he left the TMC over some variations of opinion with some occasion leaders, he has stated on events that he nonetheless has excessive regard for “Didi” (Mamata) as he believes in “basic political courtesy” regardless of political colors.
A university dropout, Khan’s entry in politics started together with his motion in 2007-2008 towards rash driving by truck drivers and unlawful lorry parking alongside the roadside at Durlabhpur in the Bankura Sadar subdivision.
At the time he was the workplace secretary of a neighborhood membership Mitali Sangha in Durlabhpur and was anxious concerning the rising variety of street accidents in the realm.
His work for Dalits drew the eye of Mamata Banerjee. He joined the TMC however then moved to BJP in 2019 and has helped the saffron occasion increase its base in SC-dominated areas of South Bengal.
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